December 28th, 2014

Heroic deeds of those engaged in Kuka Movement commemorated by India Post got to know that Union Minister for Communication & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released a commemorative stamp to highlight heroic deeds of those engaged in Kuka Movement on the occasion of 150 years of Kuka Movement on 24th December 2014.

The Kuka Movement marked the first major reaction of the people in the Punjab to the new political order initiated by the British after 1849. The Namdhari Movement, of which the Kuka Movement was the most important phase, aimed at overthrowing the British rule. The Namdharis were also known as "Kukas" because of their trademark style of reciting the "Gurbani" (Sayings/Teachings of the Guru).

This style was in a high-pitched voice called "Kook" in Punjabi. Thus, the Namdharis were also called "Kukas". The Kuka Movement made the people aware of their serfdom and bondage. It evoked the feelings of self-respect and sacrifice for the country. Within a few years, the followers of the Kuka Movement increased manifold. They called for boycott of educational institutions of British and laws established by them. They were rigid in their clothing and wore only hand-spun white attire. The Kuka followers actively propagated the civil disobedience.

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